How to recover the deleted data from a formatted pen drive or USB

Published on
4,819 Points
1 Endorsement
Last Modified:
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data recovery tools work.
USB flash drives -- pen drives, memory sticks, or USB drives -- are helpful useful to exchange individual information or data from one computer to another computer. Sometimes we format our data by mistake, and we lose all of the files from our pen drive. Now a user has a question: Is it possible to get back all formatted data from pen drive? How does one recover lost files and folders from a formatted pen drive?

Yes, it is possible to recover lost files from a pen drive. First, we have to know how files store on our storage devices like hard disks or pen drives. Every storage device stores files and information in a tabular format called the File System, which helps the operating system to locate the files when user searches or open a file. File systems are like a bookshelf in a library, meaning it stores everything in the storage device in a very ordered way so that it perform fast when user requires it. Most commonly used Windows operating systems use FAT32 and NTFS to store the files.

When we permanently delete a file from our storage device it is not actually deleted from the file system of the device. The computer file system removes the path of the file system to access that file. It show you that the space is free but system stores that file in binary format so it isn't overwritten by other files.

If user want to recover file from the FAT or NTFS formatted file system, it is necessary that the drive is not overwritten by any other file. Now the user can recover their lost data from the USB.

Recovery of any type of data is possible from pen drive if the user has the backup of deleted data but if there is no backup then user should have to try recovery software to retrieve the data. You can find some good recovery software from Internet:
  1. Recuva data recovery software
  2. Pandora recovery software
  3. PhotoRec data recovery software
  4. Undeleted 360 USB data recovery 
There are lots of tools to recover a USB drive in some easy steps. You can use any of them and recover your deleted files from the pen drive.
Author:John Wilson
1 Comment

Expert Comment

by:Aliaster paine
You could also go for  Removable Data Recovery Tool providing a late binding feature which is a novelty and may not be present in above mentioned softwares.

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Join & Write a Comment

Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…
With the power of JIRA, there's an unlimited number of ways you can customize it, use it and benefit from it. With that in mind, there's bound to be things that I wasn't able to cover in this course. With this summary we'll look at some places to go…

Keep in touch with Experts Exchange

Tech news and trends delivered to your inbox every month